Skip to comments.From MOveOn.org ABout Miers
Posted on 10/03/2005 8:18:19 PM PDT by Miami Vice
Dear MoveOn member,
This morning, President Bush nominated Harriet Miers to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the Supreme Court. Miers is a long-time political appointee, campaign counsel, personal lawyer and Bush loyalist who has never served as a judge.
Ex-FEMA Director Michael Brown taught us that vital national positions must be filled with qualified candidates, not political friends with limited experience. With such a thin public record, how can Americans know Harriet Miers' approach to critical issues like corporate power, privacy and civil rights?
Right now we urgently need more information, and we need your help to get it. In the next few hours the Internet will fill with facts, anecdotes and rumors about Harriet Miers. We need your help to sort through it all, select the relevant and important details, and let us know what you finddecentralized, grassroots research.
We've set up a simple web form where you can post facts and sources that will fill out the picture on what kind of Supreme Court justice Miers would be. We'll get your research to the media, the Senate and our partner groups. This info will also be crucial in setting MoveOn's course for this nomination. Even if you just have a few minutes to spare, it could help a lot at this crucial time.
You can post facts right now at:
Here is a quick chronology of Harriet Miers' career, courtesy of the Coalition for a Fair and Independent Judiciary, to help jump start your research.
1970Graduated from Southern Methodist University Law School 1970-1972Clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Joe Estes 1972-2001Joined Texas law firm, Locke, Purnell 1985Elected president of the Dallas Bar Association 1986-1989Member of the State Bar board of directors 1989-1991Elected and served one term on the Dallas City Council 1992Elected president of the Texas State Bar 1993-1994Worked as counsel for Bush's gubernatorial campaign 1995-2000Appointed chairwoman of Texas Lottery Commission by Gov. George Bush 1996Became president of Locke, Purnell, and the first woman to lead a major Texas law firm 1998Presided over the merger of Locke, Purnell with another big Texas firm, Liddell, Sapp, Zivley, Hill & LaBoon, and became co-managing partner of the resulting megafirm, Locke Liddell & Sapp 2000Represented Bush and Cheney in a lawsuit stemming from their dual residency in Texas while running in the Presidential primary 2001Selected as staff secretary for President Bush 2003Promoted to Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy 2004Selected as White House Counsel
There are many important questions that need to be addressed, including:
What policies did she advocate for on the Dallas City Council? What was her record at the head of the scandal-ridden Texas Lottery Commission? What cases did she take on while working as a corporate lawyer in private practice, and what positions did she fight for? What has she written or said in and outside of her law practice about her views on constitutional issues like privacy, the "commerce clause" or equal protection As White House councel Alberto Gonzales played a pivotal role in softening America's stance on torture. What positions has Harriet Miers advocated for in the same role? Has she ever publicly distanced herself from George W. Bush? It's important that we move quickly in answering these questions. The Bush spin machine has been prepared for this nomination for some time and is already cranking at full speed. The strategy is to move Miers through as an enigma. We need to make sure the facts about her views are known.
This kind of decentralized research may never have been tried before at this scale. But a Supreme Court nominee with a record only the president really knows is a new national challenge. If we act quickly, we can meet that challenge together.
Please pitch in by taking some time to research today, and post what you find at:
Thanks for all that you do,
Ben, Marika, Rosalyn, Joan and the MoveOn.org Political Action Team Monday, October 3rd, 2005
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NO SURPRISE HERE!
NOTHING TO SEE HERE FOLKS!
KEEP THE LINE MOVING!
Ask Harry Reid?
Well, I found one thing I like about her.
Maybe I will "create" some research and send it in.
Sounds like the MOOers are revvin' up their steamroller there...
MoveOn is sooooo "F"in scared of her, and they should be....
I LOVE HER!!!!!
One thing about all this political feuding: We never lack for entertainment.
Here's a big fact for moveon.org:
The Pres can appoint whomever he damn pleases without the advice and consent of moveon.org.
Dear Moveon member;
Please send us money and any dirt you can find on Harriet Meir. We have spent millions on researching every decision by the thirty other possible nominees, but Bush has screwed us again. Apparently, she is not a judge! Mother nature forbid!
Please send more money. Without dirt on her, we do not know whether to sh*t or go blind. This woman has known George Bush for 10 years and must be evil. Please send all dirt and more money as soon as possible so we can hound her to the ends of the earth and rid ourselves of this hellish fiend that Bush has nominated.
P.S. Your donation is needed immediately
I guess after George Sore-a$$ can't afford to dig up his own dirt after wasting millions to elect Kerry. Next time, you'll make sure you send the bill to Howard Dean!
Unfortunately, some of the RNC solicitations are just as bad.
"You have been specially selected as a member of your congressional district to participate in a survey on American values.
1. Do you support abortion? yes no
2. Do you support the death penalty? yes no
Thank you for your participation.
In order to help save money for our many polticial activites, please include a donation of at least $100 to cover the costs of this survey."
That would be the scandal-ridden commision as run by the previous (DEM) administration before GWB and Harriett Miers rolled into town to clean it up? Same old story from the hate-mongers.
Yes, I've gotten a few of those myself! Funny how you are always "specially selected" when its got bulk mail postage on it.
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